How to clean eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions may mean you can skip putting on mascara every morning – but don’t forget to clean them! Find out how you can keep eyelash extensions clean and maintain their appearance.

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Eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions are an easy way to make your eyelashes looking full without much effort. You don’t need to put mascara on every day, and unless you’re naturally blessed with long, lustrous lashes it means your eye area really can look better than ever before.

It is, however, important to keep your eyelash extensions in good condition – and clean eyelash extensions often. Not only does this mean your lashes will look better for longer, you will also keep your eyes healthy by getting rid of any bacteria.

Step-by-step: How to clean eyelash extensions

  1. Wet your lashes with warm water.
  2. Use a gentle, oil-free and alcohol-free cleanser – such as a foaming face cleanser, facial soap or baby shampoo – and work it gently into your lashes and over your eyelids.
  3. Use an up-and-down motion so you don’t tug at your eyelashes and concentrate on the lash line as this is where dirt and bacteria can build up.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. It’s best to let them dry naturally. Occasionally, you could give each eyelashes set a 10-second blast of cold air from your hairdryer – but don’t do this too often as it could affect the adhesive.
  6. Comb your eyelash extensions out with a clean mascara brush.

How often to clean eyelash extensions

It’s best to clean your eyelash extensions a few times a week, if not daily. You can just comb through with a little warm water to remove light dirt.

It’s a good idea to clean them last thing at night, after you’ve removed your make-up.

How to maintain eyelash extensions

There are a few other ways to make sure your eyelash extensions stay in good shape:

  1. Oil is the nemesis of the eyelashes’ bonding agent – so keep your eyelash extensions oil-free. That means avoiding moisturising shampoo and conditioners, so shield your eyes while washing your hair.
  2. Don’t rub your eyes. Needless to say, this could loosen or make your lashes fall out.
  3. Avoid cream eyeshadows and liquid eyeliner.
  4. Be careful when removing make-up. Make-up wipes or any material that could tug at the lashes are best avoided. Try applying an oil-free makeup remover such as Simple Micellar Cleansing Water with your finger, then gently blot with a damp cleansing cloth.

Why should I clean my eyelash extensions?

As mentioned, keeping your eyelash extensions clean not only helps them look better for longer - it also means you'll be less prone to germs and infections. Styes, for example, are caused by collected bacteria at the bottom of the eyelid. Blepharitis is another one to watch out for - this is when the hair follicle becomes infected and blocked because it hasn't been cleaned properly. It can cause soreness and red, itchy eyes.

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